Twinsie Dee top 5 January- June #ya #thriller #romcom #rh

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Going home isn’t easy.

Finding my comatose aunt deep in debt is harder.

What really sucks, though, is cleaning up the mess she’s made of her finances while living next to the enemy I moved away from.

He’s loathsome. Always wrong. And still an arrogant jerk like he was in high school.

I’ve got two weeks to turn in my aunt’s expected manuscript to her publisher and hope it helps with the money issue.

The catch?

She never wrote it. There is no book. Unless I try to save the day and write it on a deadline.

So, really, how hard can it be to whip up a paperback about falling in love…while tolerating a sexy man who doesn’t believe in it?

the last thing Ava wanted to do was be driving back home but here she was heading to her aunts, as she was now jobless, homeless and found out her boyfriend wasn’t just hers. Life up in flames and on the way home she gets a call that her aunt was in an accident and in critical condition. But she’s alive and can fight to get better. having to find any kind of medicine or proof of insurance, Ava was now in way over her head then she ever imagined she would be coming back home. Gage the jock that was an ass to nerdy Ava back in high school found out that she was next door when her broom met his nuts and fresh thigh tattoo, these two will butt heads and have all the sexual tension between them but will they give each other the shot they secretly want or continue to throw gasoline on the fire. Oh, and on top of everything else she now needs to write her aunt’s new romance novel, so she doesn’t get in trouble and have to pay back the publishing company the advance they gave her aunt. Ava’s world is getting flipped upside down rather she’s ready for it or not. OMG great rom-com perfect banter and the AC needs to be cranked for some of those hot and spicy I hate you moments. this is a fast pace read i couldn’t stop AMAZING….

GOODREADS- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/87375990-protect-me-not

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At Fairview-Teller High, light mixes with dark. Good with evil. And heroes with villains. But there’s a reason students call it Fairy Tale High. They’ll get their happily ever after– even if they have to fight for it.

Popular girl Jessa is caught off guard when the school bad boy—the guy she hates—moves into her house temporarily.
Not knowing how her friends, or the rest of the school, will react, she keeps her new housemate a secret.
Though Jessa loathes Adam for humiliating her at school last year, the more they’re around each other, the more her hatred starts to wane.
And when Adam kisses her?
She doesn’t hate it—or him.
But it does ruin everything.

Welcome to Fairy Tale High well not really but that’s what everyone calls it. You have the queens, wolves, kings and of course a beast, everyone has their roles a d they know how to stay in their own lanes. Jessa got stuck with Adam for a present or fail project and when he didn’t show up to class, she failed and weeks later she still hasn’t let it go, it’s the only time she’s failed at something, and it wasn’t even her fault. Jessa’s dad wanted her with Jay who is from a powerful family and wanted them to rule the kingdom together, but Jessa isn’t having any of that. Jessa wants her own happily ever after even if it’s with someone her dad probably won’t approve of. this queen is her own hero and maybe with the right guy by her side she can truly do good. this was such a cute great story with a plot twist you might not see coming. who will truly rule the kingdom and how will it all play out.

GOODREADS- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/191342252-the-panty-plot

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what happens when your brother’s best friend buys your dirty panties.

Laney Wyatt has problems. She’s just been fired from her brand-new paralegal job. To make matters worse, her student loans are coming due and her medical bills from a past skiing accident are piling up.

When Laney learns about a website where she can sell her dirty panties, she initially laughs at off as a lark. But it’s no lark when she starts making hundreds of dollars a week and has more than enough to pay her medical bills and rent.

Too bad Milo Coulson, her old crush from high school and her brother’s best friend, finds her page and buys her underwear for his own naughty use…

Someone needs to take a cold shower after reading this book. Laney just got fired from her job and can barely pay her half of the rent now. her besties take her out to get drunk and they call her brother Landon and his super-hot friend Milo to come meet them at the bar. Landon and Milo will do anything to help Laney out, but Milo will do anything he’s always found her attractive, but lately it’s just hit him that she’s not just his best friend’s little sister but a woman. After a bit of a pity party Laney gets set up with a temp job with Milo’s help when one of his coworkers is about to have her baby. still needs more cash so she’s going to start selling her dirty panties online after her friend said it as a joke. Little does she know Milo is her biggest buyer after he overheard her 2 best friends talking about her profile on the site. but when both Milo and Laney finally tell each other about their feelings for each other will Milo’s obsession with her panties come between them or will it continue to be his dirty secret. Also, how will Landon take it when he finds out about his best friend and his sister. All the sexy time, talk and that time of the month are happening. You might want a fan on high to cool you off while reading this sexy, steamy book.

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A rural country road. No cell signal for miles. A terrifying game of cat-and-mouse.

By the time Laura and Olivia notice the headlights tailing them through the hills, it’s too late. What seems, at first, like a case of road rage quickly unfolds into a heart-pounding chase—and a battle for survival.

Who are the men in the truck? What do they want? And can Laura and Olivia outrun—and outsmart—them long enough to call for help, even if it means taking their chances in the hills on foot?

As their situation grows more perilous, the girls realize that the real terror has only just begun. But flight won’t save them from their pursuers. If they’re going to make it home alive, they’ll have to fight.

Olivia and Laura were on their way to a bonfire out in the middle of nowhere going on backroads, twist, turns and hills. Olivia was getting car sick in the old beat-up Volvo that Laura’s sister let them take for the night. Olivia noticed a truck following super close to them and was able to grab the plate number and text it to her bestie you know to be safe in her true crime mind you can’t be careful enough in a time like this, well this wasn’t because they were in the middle of nowhere she did it all the time so they didn’t think too much of it but she wanted them to have a lead just in case something bad were to happen to her. next thing the truck passes them and sits in wait blocking them from their path and now the girls were in their very own Dateline episode that they didn’t want to be in, with 2 mask men coming towards their car what happens next you will never see coming. What do these guys want to hurt them, or possibly kill them, what did they do. So many twists, turns, and gut retching pain that will have you on the edge of your seat till the last page.

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They want an heir and I’m the only way they can get it. With or without my cooperation.I thought Cadieux Island would be a new beginning, but the privileged estates and elite college turned into a nightmare.My once tormentor and his twin brother somehow became my unlikely saviors while the grandparents, I didn’t know existed, lured me here with the promise of family have shown themselves to be the true tyrants.The Umbra’s want an heir and I’m the only way they can get it, but I’m not the same girl I was when I stepped onto this island. The Morningstar twins have honed me, sharpened me into something my family will never see coming. Honed in Havoc is the final book in the Corrupt Credence series. A dark college romance with mature content for adult readers.

With the Umbra’s having kidnapped Nova, Lucian and Nox are on a mission to get her back and never let her out of their sights again. When 7 students die tragically Nova is allowed to leave the house with her captures, I mean grandparents to attend the memorial. Her heart breaks when Lucian and Nox barely look at her, but little does she know that’s all a part of their plan. 1 gps tracker placed and unknown Lucian is ready to get his lam back at all costs and who knows how much blood will be shed. OMFG this book WOW, swoon, makes you all hot and bothered, and have all the feels the Morningstar twins are so perfectly written Nova is definitely one lucky lady.

Celebrating Pride Month with Jennifer Laslie #Spotlight #Wotr24 #attendingauthor

Hello, and thanks for being here to Celebrate Pride Month with Twinsie Talk. I’m Twinsie Tenise, self proclaimed resident MM reader and reviewer over here at Twinsie Talk. Throughout the Month of June we will be sharing Q&A sessions we had with over a dozen authors who write LGBTQIA Romance or books with LGBTQIA characters. Each day will Spotlight a different author. We hope you enjoy getting to know these wonderful authors and find lots of new books to fill your TBR.

Special thanks to all of the authors who signed up and took the time to answer the questions.
Shoutout and HUGE thank you to Twinsie Jo for the amazing rainbow graphics and Twinsie Angie for her input and assistance. Love you both! 😘
Today we are celebrating Pride Month with Jennifer Laslie.
Jennifer is another Writers on the River family member. Her sarcasm and wit match ours and she has a heart of gold. She and her husband are so supportive, even behind the scenes. They literally jumped in and assisted with moving tables one night before event day. She and Twinsie Angie share a mutual love for Disney and Taylor Swift! I am also a Swiftie. And while I can’t get on the Disney bandwagon, their love for the place is adorable. I mean look at her face in the pic below. Pure bliss! I love it! We cannot wait to see you next month.

Jennifer Laslie is a crazy cat lady who lives in Utah with her wonderful family. Her office affords her a mountain view that she loves! When she’s not thinking about cheesecake or cats, she can be found in the bookstore in the Young Adult section, coffee in hand.

🏳️‍🌈What’s your name and a little about you?
My name is Jennifer Laslie. I currently live in Layton, Utah with my family. I absolutely love the mountains! I’d also say I’m a crazy cat lady, but we determined a few months ago that my husband is the problem! HAHA!
🏳️‍🌈What made you decide to write LGBTQIA romance?
I’m bisexual myself and there just didn’t seem to be a lot of good bisexual or lesbian romance out there.
🏳️‍🌈Do you prefer to write standalones or series? Why?
I prefer to write standalones when it comes to the F/F stories, but I’m open to writing a series. A lot of it has to do with just coming up with a good series arc for it.
🏳️‍🌈Do you have a current WIP? Care to share any details?
I’m currently writing Forsaken Bonds with my friend Julie, who writes her LGBTQ+ stiff under Jenesis St. Clare. Part of it is currently up on Kindle Vella. It’s a rejected mates, enemies to lovers F/F story.
What are your must have writing snacks and drinks?
I’m good with some honey roasted pecans, chocolate peanut butter pie oreos, or a good cup of coffee to help me write!
🏳️‍🌈If someone has never read your work, which book would you recommend?
If they’re looking for LGBTQ+ and like series, I’d recommend my Unfortunate Spells Series, but only the last book has a F/F storyline. If they’re wanting a good, quick read, they can try Forbidden Throne which is my LGBTQ+ Fantasy Novella, which is one of my best sellers!
🏳️‍🌈If you could recommend 1 LGBTQIA Romance (not your own) to readers, what would that book be?
If you like F/F, I would recommend you try Ariel Marie’s Sailing with Her Wolf!
🏳️‍🌈What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I enjoy read, formatting books for other authors, and binging reality TV shows like Love is Blind and Married at First Sight.
🏳️‍🌈Anything else you would like to add?
I’d like to counter with a question myself to the readers out there. If you could find the perfect F/F story to read, what genre would it be and what tropes would it include?


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#audio #memoir #truecrime – A Stolen Live by Jaycee Dugard

On 10 June 1991, eleven-year-old Jaycee Dugard was abducted from a school bus stop within sight of her home in Tahoe, California. It was the last her family and friends saw of her for over eighteen years. On 26 August 2009, Dugard, her daughters, and Phillip Craig Garrido appeared in the office of her kidnapper’s parole officer in California. Their unusual behaviour sparked an investigation that led to the positive identification of Jaycee Lee Dugard, living in a tent behind Garrido’s home. During her time in captivity, at the age of fourteen and seventeen, she gave birth to two daughters, both fathered by Garrido.

Dugard’s memoir is written by the 30-year-old herself and covers the period from the time of her abduction in 1991 up until the present. In her stark, utterly honest and unflinching narrative, Jaycee opens up about what she experienced, including how she feels now, a year after being found. Garrido and his wife Nancy have since pleaded guilty to their crimes.

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I purchased this audio book.

Woof.  This book. I hate to “rate” a book when it is about someone’s life experiences because how can I say oh that is only worth 3 stars or 5 stars.  I have to say the way Jaycee laid herself out bare for this novel was something I didn’t think I expected her to do so fully.

I saw reviews where people criticized the way the book is written/told.  I have to say I can understand but at the same time I see her reasoning.  I loved her “Reflections” in the chapters to give us current thoughts and feelings about some of the trauma she endured at the hands of Phillips and Nancy.

This book I think I was somewhat prepared for but at the same time I wasn’t.  I liked how she seemed to compartmentalize and tell us significant moments in her captivity. The first half of the book when she is telling about her SA, was difficult.  Please know that it is not graphic, but she doesn’t shy away from the things that happened to her either.

The scene where she is finally able to say her name and she can’t for fear had me in tears for her.  After 18 years she was able to be HER and not Snoopy or Alissa.  It was emotional for sure.

I really hope she and her girls are in great places now as this book is 10 years old.

The kidnapping of Jaycee Lee Dugard occurred on June 10, 1991, when she was 11 years old. Dugard was abducted from a school bus stop within sight of her home in South Lake Tahoe, California. Searches began immediately after the kidnapping, but no reliable leads were generated. She remained missing for more than 18 years.

On August 25, 2009, convicted sex offender Phillip Craig Garrido visited the campus of UC Berkeley accompanied by two young girls. Their unusual behavior there sparked an investigation that led to his bringing the two girls to a parole office on August 26, accompanied by a woman who was then identified as Dugard.

Garrido, 58, and his wife Nancy Garrido, 54, of Antioch, California, were arrested for kidnapping and other charges; they pleaded guilty on April 28, 2011 to Dugard’s kidnapping and sexual assault. Law enforcement officers believe Dugard was kept in a concealed area behind Garrido’s house in Antioch for 18 years. During this time Dugard bore two daughters who were aged 11 and 15 at the time of her reappearance.

On June 2, 2011, Philip Garrido was sentenced to 431 years’ imprisonment; his wife received 36 years to life.

#WOTR24 – #NewRelease #Review – A Bargain With The Shadow Prince – By: Genevieve Jack


It takes a monster to stop a monster.

Light the candle.
Stand naked before the symbol.
Offer your blood.

The advocate will come.

I left my abusive crime boss husband expecting to start over from nothing. After all, the prenup I signed when I married him is ironclad. But when Tony uses a loophole in the law to go after my ancestral family home—the one I’m currently living in and my grandmother is dying in—I’m desperate to stop him.

My witch best friend Maeve offers a solution. She lends me a family spell to call a supernatural advocate to deal with Tony. After all, it takes a monster to stop a monster.

But when I follow her instructions, I’m not expecting the darkly handsome Damien to form from the shadows, or to learn that he’s been a prisoner of Maeve’s family for centuries. From the moment he accepts my bargain and drinks my blood, he awakens a passion in me, one charged with latent magic. Magic formidable enough to restore my true self. Magic that holds the promise of Damien’s freedom.

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I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

This is the first book I have read of Genevieve Jack.  I was not disappointed and I’m so ready for the next book.  This is a cliffhanger and I believe is book one of four.  This book takes us on a wild ride.

Eloise soon to be ex-husband, Tony, is making it so she has nothing.  He is even trying to take her family home from her.  Her best friend and Attorney, Maeve, has another way for Eloise to keep her family home.  Maeve gives her a family candle where Eloise summons a shade, Damien, to make a bargain to help her. Eloise has no idea what she was getting herself into.  Damien was sexy and there was something about him that caught Eloise’s attention (and mine to be honest). There was so much chemistry between these two it had my heart racing.

Damien is a shade and has been tied to Maeve’s family for centuries by the candle. Anytime he is summoned he has to come and has to do Maeve’s family biding.  When Maeve lends the candle to her BFF Eloise to help he. Eloise summons Damien to make a deal and allows him to drink her blood.

I love Eloise she seems like a weak female but she really surprises me throughout the book.  She makes a deal with Damien but then realizes what he is going to do and has a change of heart.  Eloise just cannot live with herself if Tony dies because of her choices.  So now Damien and Eloise make a new deal.

I fell hard for Damien even though we are told he is a monster there is more to him than what Maeve and her family has seen.  He has such a big heart and you see it when he is with Eloise.  You can tell the frustration he has with her but he always treats her like a princess. Now that Eloise is away from Tony her personality starts to show though. I enjoyed seeing Eloise open up and become the woman she was always meant to be. Eloise falls for Damien no matter how many warnings Maeve gives her. She is not afraid of Damien and knows there is more to him than the monster she is told he is.

I enjoyed learning of Damiens world and seeing the love between Eloise and Damien evolve.  There are so many twists and turns in this book it kept me flipping those pages.  Like I said before I am so ready for book two, I need more of Eloise and Damien.  I cannot wait to see where the next book will take us. I want to learn more about Damien and Eloise future and their families past.

USA Today bestselling and multi-award winning author Genevieve Jack writes wild, witty, and wicked-hot paranormal romance and romantic fantasy. She believes there’s magic in every breath we take and probably something supernatural living in most dark basements. You can summon her with coffee, wine, and books, but she sticks around for dogs and chocolate. Her novels feature badass heroines, fiercely loyal heroes, and fantasy elements that will fill you with wonder. Learn more at www.genevievejack.com.

Celebrating Pride Month with C.J. Baty #Spotlight #wotr24 #attendingauthor

Hello, and thanks for being here to Celebrate Pride Month with Twinsie Talk. I’m Twinsie Tenise, self proclaimed resident MM reader and reviewer over here at TwinsieTalk. Throughout the Month of June we will be sharing Q&A sessions we had with over a dozen authors who write LGBTQIA Romance or books with LGBTQIA characters. Each day will Spotlight a different author. We hope you enjoy getting to know these wonderful authors and find lots of new books to fill your TBR.
Special thanks to all of the authors who signed up and took the time to answer the questions.
Shoutout and HUGE thank you to Twinsie Jo for the amazing rainbow graphics and Twinsie Angie for her input and assistance. Love you both!
Today we are celebrating pride month with CJ Baty

C. J. Baty lives in southwest Ohio. Her heart however, lives in the mountains of Tennessee where she hopes to retire some day. The mountains have always provided her with inspiration and a soothing balm to the stresses of everyday life.

The dream of writing her own stories started in high school but was left on the back burner of life until her son introduced her to fan fiction and encouraged her to give it a try. She found that her passion for telling a story was still there and writing them down to share with others was much more thrilling than she had ever expected.

She has a loving and supportive family who doesn’t mind fixing their own meals when she is in the middle of a story. And a network of friends, who have encouraged and cheered her on in her quest of being an author.

One thing she has learned from life and she is often heard to say is: “You are never too old to follow your dream!”

🏳️‍🌈What’s your name and a little about you?
C.J. Baty I live in Ohio but spend as much time as I can in the Smoky Mountains area. I love the quiet and peace that fills me when I’m there. My kids are grown now and a great joy in my life. Married for 48 years to my high school sweetheart.
🏳️‍🌈What made you decide to write LGBTQIA romance?
I fell in love with the genre on Fan Fiction and started writing there.
🏳️‍🌈Do you prefer to write standalones or series? Why?
I have some of both. A series can be a little difficult because of time lines and character names and histories. I’ve learned to keep what some authors call “A Story Bible” with information I might need from book to book.
🏳️‍🌈Do you have a current WIP? Care to share any details?
I’m presently working on 2. One is for the Pinkerton Man Series. The MC’s have to work with 2 Secret Service Agents. One of whom is a past lover of Michael. The other is a first release for my pen name Catherine Marcum. A mature woman’s love story with mystery and a chance for love after divorce.
🏳️‍🌈What are your must have writing snacks and drinks?
Zero Mt. Dew or coffee is my go to drinks. Most of the time I like something salty while I’m working.
🏳️‍🌈If someone has never read your work, which book would you recommend?
The Pinkerton Man Series bk 1 is a great place to start if you like gay romance with mystery, murder and characters that grow during the story.
🏳️‍🌈If you could recommend 1 LGBTQIA Romance (not your own) to readers, what would that book be?
I’m hooked on C.S. Poe’s series called  Memento Mori. Read bk 1 Madison Square Murders and you’ll be hooked.
🏳️‍🌈What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Playing games on my phone, reading, and making swag.
🏳️‍🌈Anything else you would like to add?
I love meeting readers  at Book events. I have a great group of writers in the area that get together often to work on WIP’s and just have fun.


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#Audiobook #Memoir – I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy

A heartbreaking and hilarious memoir by iCarly and Sam & Cat star Jennette McCurdy about her struggles as a former child actor—including eating disorders, addiction, and a complicated relationship with her overbearing mother—and how she retook control of her life.

Jennette McCurdy was six years old when she had her first acting audition. Her mother’s dream was for her only daughter to become a star, and Jennette would do anything to make her mother happy. So she went along with what Mom called “calorie restriction,” eating little and weighing herself five times a day. She endured extensive at-home makeovers while Mom chided, “Your eyelashes are invisible, okay? You think Dakota Fanning doesn’t tint hers?” She was even showered by Mom until age sixteen while sharing her diaries, email, and all her income.

In I’m Glad My Mom Died, Jennette recounts all this in unflinching detail—just as she chronicles what happens when the dream finally comes true. Cast in a new Nickelodeon series called iCarly , she is thrust into fame. Though Mom is ecstatic, emailing fan club moderators and getting on a first-name basis with the paparazzi (“Hi Gale!”), Jennette is riddled with anxiety, shame, and self-loathing, which manifest into eating disorders, addiction, and a series of unhealthy relationships. These issues only get worse when, soon after taking the lead in the iCarly spinoff Sam & Cat alongside Ariana Grande, her mother dies of cancer. Finally, after discovering therapy and quitting acting, Jennette embarks on recovery and decides for the first time in her life what she really wants.

Told with refreshing candor and dark humor, I’m Glad My Mom Died is an inspiring story of resilience, independence, and the joy of shampooing your own hair.

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I purchased this audio book.

Woof.  This book.  I saw another reviewer say they are glad her mom is dead and honestly, I agree 100%.

I hate to “rate” a book when it is about someone’s life experiences because how can I say oh that is only worth 3 stars or 5 stars.  I have to say the way Jennette laid herself out bare for this novel was something I didn’t think I expected.

I knew who she “was” because my kids watched iCarly.  I watched the Nickelodeon documentary like everyone else and that is when I grabbed this book.

Guys, the things she went through for her mom’s love and approval are just heartbreaking.  The abuse at the hands of her mother formed the way she thought. The abuse of her mom caused her to abuse her on body with food and alcohol. The way Jennette shared all the experiences of shame and guilt while also trying to hide from herself….woof.

I really hope she is in a happy place because she has been through so much negative that she deserves happiness.

Jennette McCurdy got her start in child acting, which by her late teen years had brought her success (she starred in Nickelodeon’s hit show iCarly and her own spin-off, Sam & Cat). She went on to star in the Netflix series Between, and had a short-lived country music career with Capitol Records Nashville. Despite her outside success, McCurdy felt ashamed of 90% of her resume and ultimately unfulfilled, so she turned to alcohol, but since that didn’t work, she quit acting and began pursuing writing/directing in 2017. She has written/directed a pilot and four short films. Her work has been featured in/on The Hollywood Reporter, Short of the Week, Florida Film Festival, Salute Your Shorts, and many more. She has written articles for Huffington Post and the Wall Street Journal. Her one-woman show “I’m Glad My Mom Died” had a sold-out run at Lyric Hyperion Theatre. She hosts a podcast called “Empty Inside”, where she speaks with guests about uncomfortable topics.

Celebrating Pride Month with Joel Shoemaker #authorspotlight #wotr24 #attendingauthor

Hello, and thanks for being here to Celebrate Pride Month with Twinsie Talk. I’m Twinsie Tenise, self proclaimed resident MM reader and reviewer over here at TwinsieTalk. Throughout the Month of June we will be sharing Q&A sessions we had with over a dozen authors who write LGBTQIA Romance or books with LGBTQIA characters. Each day will Spotlight a different author. We hope you enjoy getting to know these wonderful authors and find lots of new books to fill your TBR.
Special thanks to all of the authors who signed up and took the time to answer the questions.
Shoutout and HUGE thank you to Twinsie Jo for the amazing rainbow graphics and Twinsie Angie for her input and assistance. Love you both!
Today we are celebrating pride month with Joel Shoemaker.


🏳️‍🌈What’s your name and a little about you?
Joel Shoemaker is a magician, a librarian and the author of THREE books! He lives with his husband, a frog, a betta fish and the dog Maximus McMaker! Joel consumes an inordinate amount of cheese.
🏳️‍🌈What made you decide to write LGBTQIA romance?
Only one of my three books would I truly consider a romance and only very lightly at that. I didn’t set out to write a romance, I set out to write a gay, affirming faith story for teens and tweens. Something that celebrates and affirms BOTH faith and sexuality. bacon grief is one of the only books that does that. The fact that it’s also a bit of a love story was probably inevitable.
🏳️‍🌈Do you prefer to write standalones or series? Why?
I have only published standalones so far. I have a manuscript that is a gay murder mystery for teens written entirely in text messages and other ephemera. I don’t know why, but I think TEXT MESSAGE MURDER MYSTERIES sounds like it has series potential so…maybe?
🏳️‍🌈Do you have a current WIP? Care to share any details?
I actually have a short story published in the charity anthology! I just love it so much and I think it has REAL novel potential. So I have written some other pieces for it but who knows. It would be a gay romance ghost story! How fun is that?
🏳️‍🌈What are your must have writing snacks and drinks?
Coffee. Bourbon. Cheese.
🏳️‍🌈If someone has never read your work, which book would you recommend?
My brand new picture book can be read in like a half hour probably. If that was enjoyed, bacon grief is an expansion of the same or similar themes. My short story collection about teeth then is just nonsense so why not read it too?
🏳️‍🌈If you could recommend 1 LGBTQIA Romance (not your own) to readers, what would that book be?
Darius the Great is Not Okay will always and forever be my recommendation to everyone. Uhg. It’s SO great.
🏳️‍🌈What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I love community theatre. I just finished directing a gay rom-com for the Corn Stock lab here in Peoria.
🏳️‍🌈Anything else you would like to add?
Thanks for this opportunity! I’m excited about my first appearance at the event!


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#review #mmromance #suspense Inside Affair by Ella Frank

Xander
If I had to describe Sean Bailey, it would be: a surly, temperamental pain in my ass. Never in that equation would I ever include the word boyfriend—and not just because he’s straight.

The older brother of my life-long best friend, Sean is a detective for the Chicago PD, and is also known as Detective “Dick” for being…well, a surly, temperamental pain in everyone’s ass. He also happens to be the best they have, which is why I find myself on his doorstep the night my life is threatened by an anonymous stalker.

I only wanted the name of a bodyguard; I didn’t expect for Sean to volunteer for the job. Now, not only do I have a bodyguard, I also have a fake boyfriend.

Sean
It must be so hard to be Alexander Thorne, the number one prime-time news anchor in the country, with millions of dollars and a car that costs more than my house. I mean, I’m allowed to give him a hard time about it, but when some creep decides to cross the line and go after him, they’re gonna have to answer to me.

Going undercover has never been an issue in the past, so I don’t see why there’d be a problem now. Xander and I have known each other for years, so this should be a breeze. Except suddenly my stomach’s flipping when he looks my way, and my body comes alive whenever he brushes by me. I know I’m good at my job and playing a character and all, but this is getting out of hand.

I can’t be sure that either of us are playing anymore.

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4 Stars

Alexander is the hottest news broadcaster in the Chicago area, if not the entire country. He seems to have attracted the attention of a nut job and now he is in desperate need of a bodyguard by morning.

Sean is Xanders best friends older brother. He sees no other option but to offer himself up as Xanders bodyguard. The stalker is upping their game and things are getting even more dangerous. Things between Xander and Sean also seem to be getting more dangerous as each man starts to feel a pull towards the other that has NEVER been there in all of the years they have known one another.

I was thrilled when when this one ended on a cliffhanger. Maybe that is because the series is complete and I was immediately able to dive in to book 2. A whole lot of it is because I love these 2 men and I’m excited to see what happens next for them.

Ella Frank is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take,Trust, Tease, Tate, and True, and is the co-author of the fan-favorite PresLocke Series. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!”

Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.

Celebrating Pride Month with J. Lawson #authorspotlight #wotr24 #attendingauthor

Hello, and thanks for being here to Celebrate Pride Month with Twinsie Talk. I’m Twinsie Tenise, self proclaimed resident MM reader and reviewer over here at TwinsieTalk. Throughout the Month of June we will be sharing Q&A sessions we had with over a dozen authors who write LGBTQIA Romance or books with LGBTQIA characters. Each day will Spotlight a different author. We hope you enjoy getting to know these wonderful authors and find lots of new books to fill your TBR.
Special thanks to all of the authors who signed up and took the time to answer the questions.
Shoutout and HUGE thank you to Twinsie Jo for the amazing rainbow graphics and Twinsie Angie for her input and assistance. Love you both!
Today we are celebrating pride month with J. Lawson

J. Lawson was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa. She moved to Peoria, Illinois in 2008, where she currently resides with her husband, son, and three dogs. She graduated from Western Illinois University with a Master’s in English Literature. She has been published in multiple literary magazines, and The Amulets (book one in The Amulets Trilogy) is her debut novel. Lawson enjoys reading fantasy, thriller, mystery, and most varieties of fiction. She also loves 80s-90s rock music.

🏳️‍🌈What’s your name and a little about you.
I’m Jackie Lawson from Peoria, Illinois. I grew up in/around Davenport, Iowa, and moved to Peoria 15 years ago. I live here with my husband, 14-year old son, and our 3 dogs. Ive been writing since middle school and currently have 6 books published and one more on the way.

🏳️‍🌈What made you decide to write LGBTQIA romance?
I grew up as a straight ally in a very supportive circle of queer friends. This allowed me to spend some pretty formative years in an environment that allowed me to learn who I was without as many external pressures. I owe more to that experience and those people than I could ever repay. Representation is important to me and that’s why it shows up in a majority of my writing in some way.

🏳️‍🌈Do you prefer to write standalones or series? Why?
I like a well developed story line and characters. Most of the time this mean a series for me. I’m working on my second standalone right now, though!
🏳️‍🌈Do you have a current WIP? Care to share any details?
Sure! My current WIP is written and currently in the editing stages. Its a collecrion of short stories/novellas (7500 words or less) that tell what I imagine the stories are behind paintings I’ve come across. The stories, however, are most decidedly NOT what the artist was imagining while completing the painting. It’s been a blast to write and I hope readers enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!
🏳️‍🌈What are your must have writing snacks and drinks?
It changes and varies depending on the time of day. Lately it’s been wasabi soy almonds, string cheese, and beef sticks.
🏳️‍🌈If someone has never read your work, which book would you recommend?
Peculiar Lessons: Semester One. It’s accessible, representative, and well-rounded. Plus, who doesnt love college students fumbling their way through life while studying beasties!?!?
If you could recommend 1 LGBTQIA Romance (not your own) to readers, what would that book be?
Singlets and Secrets by Joe Chianakis
🏳️‍🌈What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Spending time with family and friends I don’t get to see nearly enough, listening to audiobooks, and making bouquets and arrangements out of flowers crafted from rescued damaged books.

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#review #mmromance #shifters #mpreg Charlie and the Panther (Land and Sea 4) by: Vinni George

What happens when fate intertwines shifters from land and sea?

Matteo Garras wants to be left alone. Most people take the hint. Apparently, Charlie Marsh isn’t most people. From the moment the alpha—who smells like sunshine—sits down next to Matteo at the local shifter bar, Matteo’s world tilts on its axis, making him want a future he didn’t think he could have, one he doesn’t think he deserves.

Charlie has always had a thing for grumpy cats, so his instant attraction to Matteo isn’t a surprise, but the intensity of his feelings and his possessive desire to protect the brooding omega are. The more Charlie gets to know Matteo, the more he realizes they have in common, including scars that are more than skin deep.

When pain from Matteo’s past tries to make him push Charlie away, fate pulls them back to each other, binding them together forever and giving Charlie the chance to show Matteo he deserves everything he’s ever dreamed of having.

Charlie and the Panther is the fourth and final book in the Land and Sea Shifter MPREG series featuring a grumpy panther with a sweet tooth, a sunshiny manatee with a heart of gold, and an accidental claiming.

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Charlie is a manatee shifter with a boat tour business. One day while unwinding after work he decides its time to introduce himself to the grouchy looking loner at the end of the bar.

Matteo (the grouchy loaner) prefers to keep to himself. If you don’t let others in, they can’t hurt you. And he has been hurt enough in his lifetime to avoid anything that has the potential to cause him any further harm.

Charlie is relentless in his approach but when the Panther finally let’s him in, it’s short lived and leaves both men miserable as ever. Fast forward to after my anger and some of the tears subsided, what happens in the coming chapters made me love Charlie even more. He’s perfect in every way. Charlie and Matteos story was so fun. Mr Grumpy meets Mr Sunshine. These 2 could not have been more different. With that being said they balanced each other perfectly. It checked all the boxes to make it my first 5 star read of 2024!
I’m really going to miss all the characters I’ve met throughout this series. They have all been wonderful but there is no doubt Charlie and Matteo are my favorite.

Vinni George has been a lover of romance novels (of all shapes, sizes, and colors) since she first got her hands on one of her grandmother’s Harlequins and has never looked back. She lives in Ohio with her two favorite guys (her husband and son) and, hopefully—one day—a dog. When not writing her own stories, she can be found helping to polish other people’s novels. In her spare time, Vinni dabbles in performance art, quilting, and various culinary pursuits and enjoys traveling.

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